Date: 17 November 2020 Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm Venue: Online (via Zoom) Registration: required; free This online talk aimed to complement the current exhibition “The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Botticelli and His Times– Masterworks from the Uffizi” (open until 24 Feb 2021) at Hong Kong Museum of Art. Our speaker Dr Sim Hinman Wan, who teaches Italian Renaissance art and architecture at the Department of Art History, HKU, provided some contextual information for audience to further their understanding of Botticelli's works on display. Wan's talk covered famous works by this extraordinary Florentine artist and other pieces which were commissioned by the Medici family. There was an in depth discussion on the discourse of Botticelli as well. Feedback "Congratulations on a very successful zoom talk with Dr Wan yesterday. I enjoyed it very much and learned a lot, so hopefully more prepared for my visit to the exhibition."
Date: 28 September 2019 Time: 6pm Venue: HKU Registration: required; free The Department of Fine Arts celebrated its 40th anniversary with almost 200 participants at Loke Yew Hall. Many alumni attended this homecoming dinner and met with old friends and teachers. Prior to the dinner, HKUFAAA organized a 30-minute Walk Down Memory Lane, showing alumni the current study environment on the Centennial Campus and sharing old stories that took place in the Main Building and in Fung Ping Shan Building.
Date: Saturday 3 August, 2019 Time: 9:15am (gathering at China Ferry Terminal, Tsim Sham Tsui) Registration: required, $550/ person (transportation and meals included) This day trip to Zhongshan in China’s Guangdong province is a joint activity of HKUFAAA and Hong Kong Potential Expressionism Art Association 香港昊天藝術協會 (HKPEAA). The itinerary began with a morning ferry ride and upon arrival, a visit to Wan Fung Art Gallery 雲峰畫苑, where the group enjoyed a welcome lunch. Dr. Kwok Ho Mun 郭浩滿博士 gave a thorough tour at the gallery and later across town at the Museum of Chinese Architectural Woodcarving in the Ming-Qing Dynasties 明清建築家居木雕藝術館, the highlight of the day. On display in this museum was a full range of decorative wood-carved pieces, such as beams, corbels, windows, doors, and beds etc. Stunning in form, rich in contents, these artifacts of superb quality continued to overwhelm viewers from one chamber to another. After dinner, the group took an evening ferry back and ended this first trip of HKUFAAA outside Hong Kong. Feedback "Thank you SO much for the wonderful trip! Really grateful!" -- Elaine Kwok "Thank you for arranging and the organization." -- Jeannie Wu
Date: Tuesday 28 May 2019 Time: 7pm Venue: Muse Wine Bar, Hotel Stage, 1 Chi Wo Street, Jordan Registration: encouraged; going dutch We hope to connect ardent readers to share their love of books and exchange peer reviews and recommendations. For this second get-together, participants had a casual chat over dinner about their recent favourite art-related book.
Date: Saturday 25 May, 2019 Time: 11:30am Venue: Asia Society Hong Kong Center Registration: required; free HKUFAAA organized a docent tour for the exhibition A Story of Light at Asia Society. Participants learnt about Hon Chi-fun's five decades of artistic endeavours: from the City Hall silkscreen debut of 1968, to a fine selection of 1970s airbrush paintings, the experimental Polaroids, and his calligraphic paintings before and after his stroke in 2000. Meanwhile, there is a fascinating curatorial pairing of Yukaloo by James Turrell, which is his first ever installation in Hong Kong. Feedback "Nicole, thanks for your informative and lively presentation which I enjoyed very much. If I were to visit the exhibition on my own, I would surely have misread the artist’s circle and light series as some sort of simple representation of the sun and moon. The background information you provided is really a great help! Thanks again!" -- Grace Wong (Graduate Member; HKU BA) "Artworks from different stages of Hon are showcased; Alumni with various interests came together and explored. As titled, it’s A Story of Light, but this tour also addressed the story of life - both the artists' and ours the viewers'. That the like-minded gets connected, icing on the cake, James Turrell." -- Charmaine Chan (Graduate Member; HKU BA)
Date: Sunday 19 May, 2019 Time: 10:30am – 1pm Venue: Tsz Shan Monastery Buddhist Art Museum Registration: required, quota of 15; free The Tsz Shan Monastery Buddhist Art Museum is designed for the display of Buddhist artifacts, the first of its kind in Hong Kong. With its recent opening, HKUFAAA arranged a special guided visit to this monastery for our alumni community, primarily focusing on the art museum collection. Feedback "Thanks again for organizing. It's a valuable experience, very much enjoyed it!" --- Victoria Lau (Subscribing Member; HKU BSc) "The trip to Tsz Shan Monastery is definitely a pleasant and eye-opening experience. I appreciate how the privately owned collection is put on public display for greater good. It also leads me to rethink about art patronage which was so important in art history but is now often overshadowed by the abandance of government-owned or non-profit institutions." --- Sumyi Li (Graduate Member; HKU BA) "The docent [Jay Mok] adopted a lively approach in explaining particular iconography of the exhibits, enabling us to fully immerse ourselves
Date: Friday 26 April, 2019 Time: 7pm Venue: Hong Kong University Alumni Association, Room 101, Yip Fung Building, 2 D’Aguilar Street, Central Registration: required, confirmed with payment; $320/ person In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Department of Fine Arts, HKUFAAA hopes to build a unique and interesting portfolio, with materials gathered over a series of alumni dinner sharing.
Date: Friday 22 March 2019 Time: 7pm Venue: Muse Wine Bar, Hotel Stage, 1 Chi Wo Street, Jordan Registration: encouraged; going dutch We hope to connect ardent readers to share their love of books and exchange peer reviews and recommendations. For this first get-together, a small group of participants brought along their favourite read of 2018 and shared their views and findings. It was an inspiring and cozy chat over food. Books covered Clarke, David. China—Art—Modernity A Critical Introduction to Chinese Visual Expression from the Beginning of the Twentieth Century to the Present Day. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2019. Meyer, Richard. What was Contemporary Art?. Massachusetts: MIT Press, 2013. 大衛．薩利著，吳莉君譯：《當代藝術，如何看》(台灣：原點出版，2018年) 姚謙：《一個人的收藏》(台灣：時報出版，2015年) 高橋明也著，黃友梅譯：《美術館，原來如此！從日本到歐美，美術館的工作現場及策展思考》 (台灣：麥浩斯，2017年) 楊昌溢著，《力比多記》(重慶：重慶出版社，2016年) 黎美蓮著，《香港藝術掠影：1949-1997》(香港：香港知專設計學院，2017年)
Date: Friday 15 March, 2019 Time: 6:30pm Venue: MTRL Hong Kong, 10 New Street, Sheung Wan (https://mtrl.com/hk/) Registration: encouraged; free HKUFAAA hosted its first public event on 15 March, 2019. It was an evening gathering with Prof. David Clarke, who said goodbye to his HKU colleagues and students at the DEXIT party two years ago. This gathering allowed alumni and friends to catch up with each other, and to celebrated the launch of Prof Clarke's recent publication, entitled China—Art—Modernity: A Critical Introduction to Chinese Visual Expression from the Beginning of the Twentieth Century to the Present Day. Prof. Clarke as our honoured speaker explained the aim of this book project, the structure of his writing, and the vision that he has towards the field. Thanks to the support of HKU Press, we were able to offer a discount price of the book and participants happily brought home their own unique autographed copy.